By Najibu Mulema
On Saturday a group of rebel priests including Rev.Fr Jacinto Kibuuka, Fr.Deogratius Ssonko, Fr Vicent Byansi and Fr Bruno Muhindo joined Dr Tom Sibayirwa Kiiza, the presiding Bishop of the Antiochian rite in Uganda to ordain two new priests including Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeeri and Joseph Nkumbya Birungi.
The bishops had refused to elavate the newly ordained priests from the rank of Deacon for several years.
The Antiochian rite came into limelight after the suspension of of Fr. Kibuuka by the Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga in July.
After his suspension, Kibuuka joined this rite of the catholic church and this branch is influenced by the priests who fell out with their bishops in the mainstream Roman Catholic Church.
According to the Observer, the ordination ceremony took place at Mubende High School, located a few kilometres outside Mubende town. Until the Saturday event, the school fell under the jurisdiction of Kiyinda – Mityana Catholic diocese where Rwakaikara, its proprietor, held church responsibilities.
On the eve of the ordination, the bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana, Anthony Zziwa, visited a nearby church, St Kizito sub-parish Namagongo, and cautioned Catholics against associating with the breakaway group. The school is now the seat of the Evangelical Orthodox Church.